Department of Philosophy
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The Department counts 21 full-time faculty members working in a variety of specialties, who are active scholars committed to undergraduate education. They share their expertise in a wide variety of philosophical schools, national traditions, historical periods, and specialized areas of philosophical work.
The curriculum is designed to provide students with a foundation in the history of philosophy and also to encourage students to pursue work in their own areas of interest. Formal coursework is only one part of the Philosophy student's education. Since inquiry and study are most fruitful when conducted in a vital community of fellow scholars, the Department is committed to offering a number of excellent learning opportunities that go beyond traditional classroom structures.
Ethics, Practical Reasoning, Agency: Sellars' Practical Philosophy
August 12-13, 2021
Grand Valley State University PEW Campus
Allan Gibbard (Emeritus, University of Michigan)
Danielle Macbeth (Haverford College)
Willem A. DeVries (University of New Hampshire)
James R. O’Shea (University College, Dublin)
Stefanie Dach (University of West Bohemia, Pilsen).
Kyle Ferguson (New York University)
Zachary Gabor (Harvard University)
Jeremy R. Koons (Georgetown University Qatar)
Ronald Loeffler (Grand Valley State University)
Preston Stovall (University of Hradec Králové)
Nicholas Tebben, (Towson University)
Heath White (University of North Carolina, Wilmington)
. . . the fundamental principles of a community, which define what is ‘correct’ or ‘incorrect’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, ‘done’ or ‘not done’ are the most general common intentions of that community with respect to the behavior of members of the group.
Wilfrid Sellars, Philosophy and the Scientific Image of Man
October 15, 2020
Matthew Crippen, a visiting professor in the GVSU Department of Philosophy (pictured in photo), co-authoring with Jay Schulkin, a behavioral neuroscientist, offer an innovative interdisciplinary theory of mind in their newly published book.
March 23, 2020
Students can add a complementary credential to any GV program they are majoring in.